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Photoshop Blend Mode Magic

with Michael Ninness

Video: Welcome

An effective introduction to blend modes including an introduction to advanced blending options for power users.
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  1. 2m 23s
    1. Welcome
      1m 31s
    2. Using the exercise files
  2. 13m 9s
    1. The three kinds of blending in Photoshop
      1m 49s
    2. Blend modes, blend modes, everywhere!
      1m 38s
    3. Cycling through the blending modes
      2m 1s
    4. Three blending modes you must know
      5m 8s
    5. Blending mode keyboard shortcuts
      2m 33s
  3. 3m 13s
    1. Roughening or pointilizing edges with Dissolve
      3m 13s
  4. 34m 40s
    1. Removing halos with Darken
      2m 26s
    2. Bringing down hot highlights with Multiply
      3m 50s
    3. Tonal correction with Screen and Multiply
      3m 35s
    4. Combining adjustment layers with blending modes
      3m 58s
    5. Creating a composite from a single Camera Raw file
      5m 56s
    6. Creating a cast shadow with Multiply
      4m 50s
    7. Creating artistic edges with Multiply and Screen
      3m 39s
    8. From iPhone to Photoshop: Colorizing line art with Multiply
      6m 26s
  5. 14m 47s
    1. Removing dust spots with Lighten
      1m 36s
    2. Adding lightning to a sky with Screen
      3m 20s
    3. Adding a lens flare effect with Screen
      2m 27s
    4. Reducing halos when sharpening with Lighten
      3m 55s
    5. Creating a faint soft-edged line drawing with Linear Dodge
      3m 29s
  6. 1h 5m
    1. Using Dodge and Burn with Overlay
      4m 34s
    2. Reducing wrinkles with Overlay
      6m 37s
    3. Using graduated neutral density filters with Overlay
      5m 32s
    4. Custom vignettes with Overlay
      3m 30s
    5. High-Pass sharpening with Overlay
      4m 16s
    6. Smoothing skin with High-Pass sharpening and Overlay
      5m 29s
    7. Textured patterns with Overlay
      6m 21s
    8. Textured type with Overlay
      2m 55s
    9. Creating a dramatic diffused glow with Overlay
      2m 49s
    10. Creating a subtle glow with Soft Light
      2m 57s
    11. Creating a medium glow with Soft Light
      4m 25s
    12. Simulating film grain with Add Noise and Soft Light
      3m 54s
    13. Recovering detail in over-saturated areas with Pin Light
      8m 30s
    14. Creating 80's pop art with Hard Mix and Multiply
      3m 15s
  7. 5m 7s
    1. Aligning layers with Difference
      5m 7s
  8. 12m 51s
    1. Reducing color noise with Color
      2m 13s
    2. Avoiding false saturation with Luminosity
      5m 33s
    3. Recovering detail in blown-out highlights with Luminosity
      5m 5s
  9. 26m 27s
    1. Getting better sepia tones
      5m 15s
    2. Using antique color effects
      5m 5s
    3. Combining multiple exposures
      4m 34s
    4. Replacing the sky in an image
      3m 44s
    5. Splitting edges when sharpening
      3m 15s
    6. Displacing type around contours
      4m 34s
  10. 22s
    1. Goodbye

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Photoshop Blend Mode Magic
Video duration: 0s 2h 58m Intermediate


The blend modes in Photoshop offer incredible creative options for designers and photographers wanting to enhance images. In Photoshop Blend Mode Magic, Michael Ninness shows Photoshop users how to access and apply blend modes efficiently to achieve an aesthetic vision. He explains the building blocks of layer blending and demonstrates how blend modes can be used for color correction, sharpening, blending images together, adding dramatic glow, applying custom edge treatments, and many other creative effects. Michael also introduces advanced blending options for more experienced Photoshop users. Most of all, he demystifies this essential feature in plain, easy-to-understand terms and inspires photographers to use blend modes in ways they may have never considered before. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the three must-learn blend modes
  • Adding texture overlays
  • Recovering detail using Luminosity and Pin Light
  • Enhancing highlight and shadow details
  • Instant dust spot removal
  • Using Overlay to add textured type
  • Simulating film grain
  • Adding antique color effects
  • Combining adjustment layers with blending modes
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(Music playing.) Hi there, my name is Michael Ninness. I'm a Product Manager and User Interface Designer at Adobe. I have also been teaching and speaking about Photoshop since 1990. For most Photoshop users, blend modes remain confusing and mysterious. Most of you have probably never bothered memorizing what each blending mode actually does. You just keep choosing the next blend mode in the list until your image looks the way you want it to. In this course I'm going to explain away the mysteries and show you just how useful and fun blending modes can actually be.

I won't be diving into the nitty-gritty math behind the blend modes and I promise not to use a bunch of geeky technical terms like algorithms or luminance. In the opening chapter you will see where blending modes live in Photoshop and how to access them quickly. And I'll point out the three blend modes you must memorize, because once you know these three you will be well in your way to understanding the rest of them. The remaining chapters are organized the same way the blending modes are organized in Photoshop. Each video in these chapters is a self contained and compelling example of how to use a given blend mode to accomplish a specific task. For example, you will see how they can be used to do tonal correction, color correction and even sharpening. I'll show you how easy it can be to combine multiple exposures to create a single image with maximum highlight and shadow details.

I'll also show you many examples of how they can be used to add creative effects to your images, such as dramatic glows, textured overlays and custom edge treatments. My goal is that by the end of this course you will be inspired to incorporate blend modes in your everyday usage of Photoshop. With that let's get started with Photoshop CS4 Blend Mode Magic.

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